Evaluating early warning and coincident indicators of business cycles using smooth trends



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Bujosa, Marcos and García-Ferrer, Antonio and de Juan, Aránzazu and Martín-Arroyo, Antonio (2019) Evaluating early warning and coincident indicators of business cycles using smooth trends. Journal of Forecasting . ISSN 1099-131X

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We present a composite coincident indicator designed to capture the state of the Spanish economy. Our approach, based on smooth trends, guarantees that the resulting indicators are reasonably smooth and issue stable signals, reducing the uncertainty.
The coincident indicator has been checked by comparing it with the one recently proposed by the Spanish Economic Association index. Both indexes show similar behavior and ours captures very well the beginning and end of the official recessions and expansion periods. Our coincident indicator also tracks very well alternative mass media indicators typically used in the political science literature.
We also update our composite leading indicator (Bujosa, Garc ́ıa-Ferrer, and de Juan, 2013). It systematically predicts the peaks and troughs of the new Spanish Economic Association index and provides significant aid in forecasting annual GDP growth rates. Using only real data available at the beginning of each forecast period, our indicator one step-ahead forecasts shows improvements over other individual alternatives and different forecast combinations.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Economía española; Indicadores económicos.
Subjects:Social sciences > Economics > Econometrics
Social sciences > Economics > Economic indicators
ID Code:55217
Deposited On:14 May 2019 11:53
Last Modified:20 May 2019 11:04

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